Prophecy versus prediction: when experts are no longer experts: when does an expert become a prophet in the age of post-truth politics?

Hugh V. McLachlan

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Abstract

The question of experts in public political debates was vaguely suggested although not explicitly addressed by Michael Gove when he made his provocative and ambiguous claim, in the throes of the recent EU referendum, that: ‘people in this country have had enough of experts’. Implicitly too, fashionable terms and notions that are applied to current political views and assertions such as ‘fake news’; ‘post-truth society’; ‘populist politics’; ‘Trumpism’; ‘anti-elitism’ and ‘anti-intellectualism’ lead one to ask whether and when we should trust supposed expert commentators.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpenDemocracy
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2017

Keywords

  • Karl Popper
  • experts
  • scientists
  • value judgements

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